14.9.2019 08:07 pm
With two full days of play to come and the weather in London set fair, the home side appear certain to pull level at 2-2.
England seized control on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test on Saturday, building a likely match-winning lead of 382 as they look to square the series.
Smith has taken his game to a new level since returning from a 12-month ball-tampering ban this year.
First day of the fourth Ashes Test dogged by freakish weather.
England’s all-time leading wicket-taker has not bowled in the series since breaking down with a calf injury in the first Test.
An interesting recipe for the England star.
The 28-year-old left-handed batsman’s five-and-a-half hour innings was a brilliantly paced mix of defence and aggression.
The 24-year-old Barbados-born son of an English father said conditions in Leeds dictated why he bowled fewer short balls than at Lord’s.
He was unconcerned about Warner’s lack of form, which has seen the left-hander score only 18 runs in four innings.
Smith, whose two centuries in the first Test were pivotal in Australia taking a 1-0 lead, is still suffering concussion symptoms.
Australia have been at the forefront of pressing for better safety measures after the death of Phillip Hughes.
The star batsman collapsed face forward after a sickening blow to the side of the neck and head when on 80 during Australia’s first innings of the second Ashes Test against England on Saturday.
The haul leaves the canny off-spinner equal third in Australia’s all-time list of leading wicket-takers
The Yorkshire batsman also said that England will have to think again about how to dismiss Australian batsman Steve Smith.
Sir Donald Bradman famously averaged 99.94 in his Test career.